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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Smaller Due to Lower Mississippi River Water Flow

Lower summer flow from the Mississippi River this year is credited as the main driver for a smaller Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone or "dead zone".  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released details on the size of this year's dead zone on Wednesday.

After taking measurements last week, the dead zone measured about 3,275 square miles, one of the smaller areas mapped since they began tracking the size of the hypoxia area. Still, this translates into more than 2 million acres of the Gulf that is potentially uninhabitable for fish and other marine wildlife.
IFCA members can learn more about NOAA report here.